Southern Miss

C-USA Top 5: Middle Tennessee making a steady climb

Conference USA narrowly missed out on a couple of Power 5 victories last week with Western Kentucky losing 38-35 at Indiana and Louisiana Tech losing 39-33 in overtime at Kansas State.

It appears unlikely that C-USA will have a team in the discussion for a major bowl bid, but things could change if a team like Western Kentucky or Rice manages to start a win streak.

Middle Tennessee jumps into the top five thanks to its impressive performance on offense of late, putting up 51 points a game. FIU drops out with its 15-14 win over UCF looking less impressive following the Knights' loss to Furman.

Here are the top five teams in Conference USA after three weeks:

1. Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers likely saw their chances at a major bowl bid fade Saturday in a 38-35 loss at Indiana, but they’re still on pace for a good season.

2. Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs are one of the better 1-2 teams in the nation after losing 39-33 in overtime at Kansas State.

3. Rice: The Owls  took care of business at North Texas. Baylor looms Saturday.

4. MTSU: The Blue Raiders head to Illinois with a decent shot at pulling off the upset Saturday. Brent Stockstill is putting up big numbers at quarterback.

5. Marshall: The Thundering Herd hasn’t been a very impressive team after beating Purdue in the opener. Marshall should be favored in its next six.

C-USA statistical leaders:



Doughty, WKU82-11411345-2

Driskel, LT70-1149457-1

Mullens, USM71-1119198-3

Stockstill, MT69-998919-2

McGough, FIU71-1107517-2

Jackson, Rice55-876355-3

Bogenschutz, UTSA53-895463-3

Johnson, Cha32-554914-3



Lawry, ODU704536

Johnson, Mar543813

Dixon, LT483553

Richard, USM513224

Howell, FAU492912

Smith, USM292521

Parker, MT382354

Gardner, FIU532172



Taylor, WKU173332

Taylor, LT243273

Higbee, WKU222992

Owens, FIU222863

Stoshak, FAU172731

Batties, MT172715

Duke, Cha182642

Parks, Rice162402

Pettis, MT82382



Ricks, ODU299.7

McKelvey, Mar299.7

Wint, FIU279.0

McCollum, WKU279.0

Lang, Mar268.7

Holt, WKU258.3

Neasman, FAU258.3

McClain, NT2512.5